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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

ARCHIVING PROJECT: General Forteana Part 46

As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February 2009 and he is now working on a general mish-mash of a section known as `General Forteana`.

This 46th collection once again really is completely uncategoriseable stuff, including killer spiders in Japan, a motorway death plunge, rhino attack, whale suicides, whale shark/diver interaction, animal organ donors, caterpillar plague, the medical uses of crab excrement, and Scottish sperm whale strandings. Good stuff.

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Journal of Herpetology 44(4): 618-626

David A. Patrick, Christopher M. Schalk, James P. Gibbs & Hara W. Woltz

Abstract: Efficient deployment of culverts to mitigate mortality of amphibians on roadways requires identification of locations within road networks where animals cross (hotspots), points within identified hotspots for culvert placement, and attributes of culverts that make them behaviorally palatable to migrating individuals. In this study, we assessed road crossing frequency of Spotted Salamanders, Ambystoma maculatum, and American Toads, Anaxyrus americanus, along a 700-m transect within a known crossing hotspot, and related these distributions to habitat variables within the hotspot including the presence of existing culverts. We also placed experimental arrays of culverts of varying attributes in the path of migrating Spotted Salamanders to examine culvert preference by salamanders under typical movement environments and appropriate animal behavioral states. Our studies of patterns of road occurrence demonstrated that both species avoided crossing where there was a wetl!
and within 15 m of the downslope of the road and that neither species showed a strong preference for crossing near existing culverts. When considering the choice for experimental culverts by Spotted Salamanders, we found no preference for culverts of varying aperture size, length, or substrate. Our results indicate that patterns of occurrences of the two species of amphibian within a crossing hotspot may be linked to the physical attributes at the site. For Spotted Salamanders in particular, predicting where they will cross within a hotspot may not be easy. Spotted Salamanders showed little preference for culverts of different design, indicating that a variety of culvert designs can suffice for mitigation if placed in appropriate locations.


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GERALD SMITH: Tiny Froglets in North Devon

There were DOZENS of these chaps on the path near a pond in the Trew forest last week. Fingernail size.
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HAUNTED SKIES: More 1967 Flying Cross sightings

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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1856 the author H. Rider Haggard was born. Haggard is best known for his adventure novels like King Solomon's Mines which introduced the world to his character Allan Quatermain and the 'Lost World' fiction genre.
And now the news:

Why Cleaner fish punish their partners for putting...
Dingy skipper puts in rare appearance in Worcester...
Emperor penguin appears on New Zealand beach
Scotland's 'bizarre' seal plans under fire
RSPB wildlife warning over EU farmland funding
Bats' hairs are 'airspeed sensor'

Shine on:
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